Reopening FAQs & Admissions Info
REOPENING FAQs: We are welcoming MICDS students back to school with distance learning both on campus and from home when the 2020-21 academic year commences, absent any change in government requirements. Please find helpful Health & Safety, School Preparation, and Ram Relief Fund FAQs here: https://www.micds.org/reopening/. ADMISSIONS: MICDS is no longer accepting new applications for the 2020-2021 school year which begins on August 18, 2020. After that time, we will welcome new applications to all grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year.
As a Junior Kindergarten-12 coeducational school, we are proud of our more than 150-year history and best-in-class faculty and staff. At MICDS, we strive to be an inclusive community where people think critically, live virtuously and compassionately and act responsibly. To provide exceptional quality in all aspects of our School, we utilize the expertise of an incredible team of more than 350 employees.
A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness beats at the heart of our school mission. MICDS provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic disposition, gender identity, military status or other classifications protected by law.
All positions at MICDS require a love of children, a respect for fellow mankind and a commitment to working as a team player for the good of the entire school. Apply online for immediate consideration. During the application process, you will be asked to upload the following:
- A letter of interest
- Your resume
- Your educational philosophy
- Contact information for three professional references
Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation are appreciated but not required with the application.
World-Class Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their disciplines and equally passionate about engaging students in important learning both inside and outside the classroom. Our teachers enjoy bright and enthusiastic students, outstanding facilities, a shared commitment to best-practice pedagogy and the application of the most current research in effective teaching and learning—all while collaborating closely across grade levels and disciplines. Nearly half of the School’s current faculty have spent more than a decade teaching here, which says a lot about the way teachers feel about the School.
Faculty: 154 (54% female, 46% male)
Student-teacher ratio: 8:1
Percentage of faculty holding advanced degrees: 72%
Average tenure teaching at MICDS: 10 years
Average number of years teaching experience: 16 years
A Rich and Diverse School Community
A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness beats at the heart of our school mission. MICDS provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic disposition, gender identity or military status.
- How would you describe MICDS' student body?
The student body is a remarkably talented and diverse group! Reflecting our strong desire to create an intentional student body that accurately reflects our larger community, MICDS students come to us from many neighborhoods around the greater St. Louis area. They represent more than 65 zip codes, more than 36% of our students identify themselves as students of color and over 40 languages and dialects in addition to English are spoken in our students’ homes.
- What's it like in St. Louis?
People from outside the St. Louis area are often surprised to discover just how much our metropolitan community has to offer. As the oldest city west of the Mississippi, St. Louis is both steeped in history and unabashedly forward-thinking in its attitudes and behaviors. Here, you will find outstanding museums and restaurants, abundant parks and recreation areas, a world-class zoo and botanical garden, musical venues to suit every taste, a rich religious history with active congregations, outstanding neighborhoods and architecture, a vibrant downtown setting, easy transportation, a comfortably low cost of living and some of the finest sports teams in the entire country! St. Louis also has a rich literary history and is home to some of the finest hospitals, research centers and independent and higher education schools in the country, including Washington University in St. Louis, all of which support a thriving and highly educated professional class. As a result, as NAIS data will attest, St. Louis is one of the most competitive independent school markets in the entire country.
- What benefits plan does MICDS offer to employees?
MICDS offers employees a competitive and comprehensive benefits plan, including a generous 403(b) retirement plan where the School contributes 8% of one’s salary with an employee’s 3% contribution; medical, dental and vision insurance; life insurance and flexible spending accounts; long term care and disability insurance; vacation days; tuition benefit; access to a fitness center and free lunch.
- What opportunities do teachers have to engage with students outside of the classroom?
At MICDS, we recognize that teachable moments lie around every corner. In all divisions, faculty use opportunities to interact with students in a variety of settings. In the Upper and Middle Schools, faculty serve as advisors, supervise student clubs, oversee activities and coach athletics. Lower School faculty have opportunities to engage with students outside of the classroom through activities such as coaching and teaching after-school enrichment classes. It is during these informal opportunities that faculty provide guidance and mentoring for children, and create a sense of safety and security.
- What is an advisory?
Advisory is a faculty role at MICDS. In the Upper and Middle Schools, each faculty member has 10 to 12 advisees for whom he or she is responsible. The advisor is the student’s advocate and the person who communicates most often with the student’s parents about academic and personal/social progress at school. It is through this important advisory role that many of the most meaningful adult-student relationships are forged.
- What is a typical schedule for a teacher?
In the Middle and Upper School, most teachers have four sections of approximately 15 students which meet four times every 6-day cycle. In the Lower School, class size ranges from 12 to 18, and homeroom teachers spend from 24 to 33 teaching hours per week with children. Co-curricular faculty teach a range of 20 to 24 teaching hours. With small classes and small course loads, our faculty members have the time to focus on building an engaging curriculum, the freedom to explore a variety of topics and dedicate time where it will matter most – investing in our students. Our Middle and Upper School faculty teach just four courses per day, which enables them to spend one-on-one time with students, participate in co-curricular activities on campus, such as coaching, advising student clubs or participating in a community service trip abroad.
- Does MICDS have a faculty mentor program for teachers new to the MICDS school community?
Yes. Every new teacher at MICDS is assigned a mentor from the new teacher’s division, usually within the same discipline. The mentor acts as a sounding board, a source of important information, trusted colleague and a friend. Both teachers new to teaching entirely and experienced teachers new to MICDS have mentors.
- Does MICDS have a new faculty orientation program?
Yes. Every August, the School invites new faculty to spend a day and a half at School where they are introduced to the mission and practices of the School. They meet their mentors, division heads and other key administrators. Additionally, throughout the year, the division head will meet with new teachers individually and as a group.
- What is the School's commitment to professional development?
Along with small class sizes and outstanding facilities, our teachers enjoy unparalleled access to professional development and present regularly at workshops and conferences around the country. As a leader in independent school education, MICDS also brings nationally-known experts and speakers to campus throughout the year and hosts a Summer Teacher Institute that attracts teachers from around the country. Other professional development opportunities include a variety of fellowships, sabbaticals, chairs and awards that support individual teacher excellence. The School invests more than $200,000 annually in professional development opportunities for its faculty members.
- Can you tell me about the teacher evaluation process at MICDS?
Teacher evaluations are critically important at MICDS and all members of our faculty participate in our Annual Faculty Evaluation program. The process is designed to engage individual faculty in meaningful growth and progress through all stages of their teaching career. All faculty new to MICDS are formally evaluated in their first two years, using pre- and post-observation conferences and written feedback built around a formal multi-day classroom visit. More experienced faculty also receive regular classroom visits each year and engage in regular conversations with the division head and department chair to share challenges, successes and ongoing improvement.
"I have worked at MICDS for 20 years...This is my home, my village. I love the people I work with and my students. I wake up every day energized and excited to come to work, and that is a wonderful feeling. "Charlotte Dougherty7th Grade Dean/Fine Arts Faculty